USITT - Forum@4 - Current Practices and Research in Sound

Webinar description: A series of presentations investigating the artistry, craft, and technology of sound, each of which is supported with a peer-reviewed paper that will be published after the conference. Presented papers will include: Sounds from a Dream Place: Selective Listening and Implications for Sound Design by Abra Clawson, Transforming the Creative Practices of Composers and Sound Designers with VirDAW, the Virtual Reality Digital Audio Workstation by Vincent Olivieri and Tess Tanenbaum, and The Inclusion of Bone-Conduction Headphones in Theatre and Sound Design by Kelly Murphey.


Nicholas Drashner is a Cleveland-based Sound Designer. Credits include productions with companies such as Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, THE TRIP Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, East West Players, and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, among others. He received an MFA in Sound Design for Theatre and Dance from the University of California San Diego and is currently Assistant Professor of Sound Design & Projection Design at Kent State University.

Abra is a Sound Designer and Audio Engineer. She is currently the Audio Apprentice at Baltimore Center Stage, where she worked on the Young Playwright's Festival (Designer) Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally (A1) and Thoughts of a Colored Man (A2), among other productions. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Religion from the University of Vermont ('19), which motivates the way she thinks about sound. As a student, she designed the University's Mainstage production of Tartuffe (2018), and served as the Assistant Sound Designer for Hand to God (2018). When not working in theater, you can find Abra running concerts and festivals, or conducting research on the social aspects of sound. See more at abraclawson.com.

Kelly is a third-year MFA scenic design student at Texas Tech University with over thirty scene design credits and has been designing scenery for over 16 years having received four Kennedy Center awards for excellence in design. The scenic design for The Father was selected at the 2020 KCACTF Region 6 festival to present at the National Festival in Washington D.C. In recent years, Kelly has been adding quite a few stamps to his passport having traveled to Dubai as Production Designer for Public Domain, and as the Co-Creator and Co-Producer of Morning, Noon, Evening, and Night, a sight-specific sound emersion experience, at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. His research in bone conduction headphone technology has also been showcased in the 2017 Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Festival, the 2019 Prague Quadrennial, and has recently been selected to present at the 2020 USITT National Conference.

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(Yes, this is a double-header Forum@Four, I confirmed this with USITT)

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